Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Soundtrack To My Life – Book Tag

I saw this Tag on The Books out Loud and thought it looked like a lot of fun so although I haven’t been tagged I couldn’t resist getting involved.

Opening Credits: favourite childhood book:

I read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson as a child some of my favorites were The Suitcase Kid, The Lottie Project and girls in Girls in Love.

the lottie project  girls in love

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump:

I do go through reading slumps now and again and I usually find a guilty pleasure young adult novel does the trick. Existence by Abbi Glines got me out of one hell of a reading slump!

School: A book that you ended up reading for school and ended up loving it:

Anything by William Shakespeare – studying Shakespeare at school lead me to a life long love with the Bard and his plays but at school I particularly enjoyed Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.

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Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books:

I actually don’t read books based on author, it’s all about the story for me and what I think sounds interesting.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences:

I read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell last year a historical fiction series about Vikings and Danes and the formation of England as we know it. As well as being completely gripping it has some great battle scenes that really draw you in to the time that is being written about.

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Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gainman I know people love this book but it lost me about 3/4 of the way through and I put it down and have never had the will to pick it back up.

Hanging with friends: A book that you think everyone should read:

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern.

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Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes I adore this book I read it in a day and sobbed while reading it. I can’t wait for the film adaptation to come out later this year.

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Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books):

I don’t like to be obvious and say Harry Potter but Harry Potter also Saga, The Infernal Devices, Outlander.

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Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago:

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

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Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading:

I’m not a massive re-reader if I do it is my absolute faves, so the likes of Summer in February by Jonathan Smith or The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read:

Easily Anna Karenina, read it a couple of years ago and I think the only things that have come close are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Outlander.

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Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently:

Brooklyn- I really enjoyed this book and really empathized with the character and what she was going through but the ending (ahhh the ending!!) To read my full review  on Brooklyn click the link.

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Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue: 

I can’t actually think of any particularly outstanding epilogues right now …

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Because I wasn’t tagged for the post I’m just going to tag all of you- all of you who are reading this.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the soundtrack to my life book tag!

Happy reading everyone!

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The Shakespeare Challenge 2014!

Shakespeare, The Bard, just plain old Will, how ever you want to refer to him, whether you love him, hate him, you have to admit the guy had a way with words, but for some Shakespeare can be a bit intimidating. I’ve never really been intimidated by Shakespeare but definitely found him easier to understand in the confines of the class room and it was in that environment that I managed to get my head around (and fall in love with) Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night but, as a recent university graduate needless to say my class room days are over and if I want to learn more I have to go forth and discover Shakespeare all by myself.

vj;dvjSo, in a bid to expand my Shakespeare vocabulary I am creating my very own 2014 Shakespeare project- this year I want to attempt to read everyone of Shakespeare’s texts with hopefully a decent level of understanding and, I have decided to start with Much Ado About Nothing (just keeping it light). There is no better way, in my opinion at least, of understanding Shakespeare than watching the television and movie adaptations that are available first as long as you keep an open mind and keep aware, knowing that this is an adapted version of the original tale and in some cases the text.

So with this in mind in a bid to help me with my Shakespeare project I have decided to watch (and review) the BBC series Shakespeare re-told a series that re-told some of Shakespeare’s stories and adapted then within the modern day with modern day sensibilities. I’m sure this is going to be interesting and fun but I think it will also be a great way to wet my pallet and get my head around the stories I am unfamiliar with before I jump right into the original text.

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Much Ado about Nothing BBC Shakespeare Re-told

I will talk about each play as I complete it, I’m not sure review is the right word when it comes to Shakespeare- I will share my experiences and feelings about the story upon completing.

Wish me luck in my Shakespeare challenge 2014, and all that I discover on the way!

Romeo and Juliet (2013) Review

Downton Abbey’s much loved writer Julian Fellows has adapted William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and this is just latest film version of the world famous play it’s predecessor being Baz Lurman’s adaptation made in 1996. I can’t imagine there is anyone out there who doesn’t know the story but, just for argument sake if you have been living under a rock or, are a defrosted caveman (or woman) here’s the gist-  These two are the original star crossed lovers and lets just say it doesn’t end well, for anyone.

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Romeo and Juliet (2013)

Romeo and Juliet is my favourite Shakespeare play second only to Twelfth Night so when there is an film adaptation I’m always really hopeful that it will turn out well and although the Baz Lurman (1996) version was different and might not have been for everyone I think most people can agree that the acting was superb and the original text wasn’t changed beyond recognition.

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Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes (1996)

First of all I should probably just say (2013) Romeo, Oh My God he is just a beautiful man, and although I am grateful to watch that face in any film should Romeo ever be better looking than Juliet? Romeo goes on and on about how bloody beautiful she is when, actually he looks like some kind of Greek God. Alright, I know this film is probably suppose to be Shakespeare for the Twilight generation or whatever but I’m guessing that the Twilight generation couldn’t give a sh*t about Shakespeare, they get enough of that at school (I’m just guessing).

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Mercutio, Romeo and Tybalt 

I had two main problems with this film, the first was the changes that Julian Fellows had made to the original text I heard Douglas Booth (Romeo) say in an interview that he had done it to make the film more accessible and I know for Hollywood that makes a lot of sense but if the (1996) Baz Lurman adaptation can use Shakespeare’s text with out interfering with it to such an extent that it’s barely recognizable why can’t the (2013) adaptation? Shakespeare is Shakespeare for a reason and surely Julian Fellows took something away from the film by changing the text so much.

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The Secret Wedding

My second major issue with the film was the actors who played Romeo and Juliet although they were both great looking I just didn’t believe  Douglas Booth or  Hailee Steinfeld as Romeo and Juliet. I felt sorry for them in a way because I was constantly comparing them to Clare Danes and Leonardo Di Caprio and don’t imagine I was alone. I feel that to carry off Shakespeare strong actors are required and neither of these are that, pretty yes, talented, no.  Paul Giamatti who played Friar Lawrence was amazing when he walks in on Juliet having killed her self with a dead Romeo in her arms his performance made me cry he really is very talented. Also the Benvolio in this film is very good, I connected with him so much more than I did the (1996) just for these two performances it makes the film worth seeing.

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Juliet and Friar Lawrence

All in all, I would say that if you like this story then the film is worth watching, it’s has welcome traditional style of telling the tale but the text changes and some weak actors can be off putting.

All in all a 3.5/5